Only Radiohead (and maybe Beyoncé) have figured out how to build anticipation and surprise in the current age of digital media. After situating their social media presence, they have finally unveiled the lead single to their upcoming yet-to-be-confirmed ninth studio album. The song come along with a stop-motion animated visual directed by Chris Hopewell. Expect more information to seep out over the coming days and weeks.
Houston-based Chad DeMaster, aka Children of Pop, has his new album, What Does 69 Mean?, coming out on May 6th via his The Orchard / French Kiss imprint #veryjazzed. Everthing from writing to producing to mixing was done in the comfortable confines of DeMaster’s house. “Jealous Lover” is the third song revealed from the LP and it is a lush, meditative dance groove bringing acid-house and vaporwave deeper in the traditional pop realm.
If you are looking for something under the radar to really grab a hold of your heartstrings, then look no further than LA’s Haunt. Since the middle part of last year, they have managed to unload two fantastic EPs (found here or here) and will dropping a third titled Crush on May 6th with a limited edition cassette (backed by the previously released So Far EP) coming courtesy of rising Portland, OR label Track and Field Records. We have been listening to their entire catalog since stumbling across them a month or so back. Their songs come in both equal portions sentimentality and heartbreak conveying cinematic imagery despite subtleness in construction. Below you can find their new double video for tracks “Crush” and “Purfume” directed by Victor Pakpour. The visual, almost acting as a moving polaroid, perfectly captures the hazy, dream-like emotion of the project along with vibes of their Southern California home.
In my own sentiment, this song is about having a powerful connection with someone, forgetting about time when you’re around them – though you can’t be together due to them dealing with loss, they aren’t in their right mind, it’s awful timing.
It’s about the one you love being emotionally stuck, numb, incapable of communicating emotions clearly. The bond is overwhelmingly real but ultimately you have to walk away from the situation very confused and heartbroken in order to keep your sanity intact. – Kristina Esfandiari aka Miserable
Miserable is the solo moniker of Kristina Esfandiari, singer for the Bay Area’s King Woman. On April 29th, she will be releasing new album, Uncontrollable, via New York City boutique record label The Native Sound. The album is packed with euphoric, yet brooding melancholy making it a quintessential breakup album. “Stay Cold” featuring Kyle Bates of Portland’s Drowse is the latest reveal from the LP. The dark visual companion, directed by Neil Davis and in collaboration with Ethan White & Jordan Beswetherick, was shot with only a dozen roses in their possession. You can pre-order the album both digitally and on vinyl via her Bandcamp.
There is no other way to describe new song “Jagwa” from London’s Plaitum as anything other than massive. Serving as the title track of the new EP from the duo of vocalist Abi Dersiley and producer Matt Canham, the song throttles with heavy electronic production even pulling in some witch house (remember that genre?) to really go for the listener’s eardrums. Dersiley calls the EP “more like a carefully formulated assassination” versus the “less psycho happy mayhem” of their self-titled debut EP from last year. The Jagwa EP is out on May 20th via Harvest/Wolf Tone and can be pre-ordered via iTunes with a physical release coming down the line. Expect their full-length debut possibly before the end of the year.
Brainfreeze, the duo is comprised of Zoë Brecher and Maria Villar, unleashed their furious single “Role Model” last month at the beginning of February. The blitzing song gives you everything you could possibly want in a concise minute and a half duration. Today, we have the video bringing to life the raw emotions let go in the track. It give us a glimpse into what chaos we might expect from their live shows. Watch below.
“No Woman” from Chicago’s Whitney would get strong consideration for our favorite track of 2016 so far, so there is no doubt we are stoked the pair have formally announced the details of their debut album. Light Upon the Lake is the name and it is slated to drop on June 3rd via our backyard label, Bloomington, IN’s Secretly Canadian. For those not familiar, Whitney is the partnership ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Julien Ehrlich and ex-Smith Westerns’ Max Kakacek. Their sound falls somewhere in the spectrum between the timeless sounds of folk-rock Americana and soul pulled out by friend and former Foxygen frontman Jonathan Rado.
We have had the luck of hearing the album already and we are pretty confident this will get a lot of love when the year-end lists arrive, including from us. As generally comes with new album announcements, they have also shared new song “Golden Days” along with a visual directed by Josiah Marshall & Frank Frankowski. Find the video and stream with tour dates below.
Apr. 9 – Bloomington, IN @ Culture Shock – Dunn Meadow – University of Indiana
Apr. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Union
Apr. 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 21 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 25 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Wild Nothing
Apr. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock w/ Wild Nothing
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Wild Nothing
May 3 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Wild Nothing
May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 9 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 10 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 12 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 13 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge – Minglewood Hall w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 14 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
May 17 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 20 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs) w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 21 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Centre w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 24 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
May 30 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
May 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls
June 1 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
June 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
July 15 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival